In my last post I wrote that my right hip was starting to feel better but that my left hip had started acting up. Well, after writing that, I woke up the next morning with BOTH hips just absolutely burning.
have time make time to see my doctor so I popped some over the counter pain meds and went about my day. I hate taking any kind of pills. I hardly ever even take Advil when I have a headache (which drives Adam crazy because I just moan-and-groan until it’s over!).
All of this is to say that when I do voluntarily take pain pills it usually means I’m really feeling bad. The Advil dulled the pain in my hips and I felt pretty good the rest of the day.
This all leads up to last night.
I went to bed feeling good and fell asleep right away. However, I woke up in the middle of the night and both of my hips were BURNING again and I could not get comfortable.
I knew I wouldn’t be able to get an appt. with my doctor today (last minute, Saturday, etc.) so I went to the emergency clinic. In a turn of luck the doctor on duty was also a runner and I felt like he really understood everything I was saying.
He said I have bursitis in both hips.
“Typically the pain is worse at night, when lying on the affected hip, and when getting up from a chair after being seated for a while. It may also get worse with prolonged walking, stair climbing or squatting.”
The #1 risk factor for getting bursitis of the hips? Repetitive stress from running (walking, cycling, standing, etc.).
Here’s my action plan from the doctor:
- Low mileage for a week – no hills or bridges
- Don’t set out for a specific distance/pace just go by feel
- Stretch the IT band and hamstrings really good
- Do heat/cold treatment on the hips every day
- Take anti-inflammatories
The doc. said I should be feeling back to normal in 7 to 10 days. FIngers crossed. He also recommended that I run at least one day a week on a soft surface to reduce the pounding that my hips take. “Try running on the sand!” We’ll see about that, doc 🙂
Provided I get back to running seven days from now it will be about THREE WEEKS since I have done any meaningful training!!!!
When I spoke with my coach she said the important words, “I want to encourage you to not stress out about your running at all. You still have lots of time until Chicago…”
Of course that’s completely true BUT I have this irrational fear that when I take an extended period of time off from running I’ll just stop being a runner.
This week Richard wrote about having those same kind of worrisome thoughts as well. He had to take an extended period of time off from running earlier this year but is ramping back up now.
Seeing Richard write: “The fire and spark are coming back fierce and I really have to temper it to avoid getting injured again…. it’s exciting to feel that passion and still enjoy running this much” really made me feel better. I’m sure that is what will happen for me too!
I need to shove this ridiculous irrational fear under the table because it’s just crazy! Of course I’m still going to be a runner a week from now!
Do you have any irrational fears when it comes to running?